League Two club Cheltenham Town were on the verge of making what would have gone on to become one of the most memory FA Cup history/moment when they took the lead in the 59th minute against Manchester City.
Expecting a swift response to Alfie May’s goals was natural and more so for a team like Manchester City. Still, Cheltenham held on for so long, the world of football was already bracing up for the shocker when the Citizens roared back into the game with nine minutes left to play.
Quickfire goals for Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, and Ferran Torres all but turned what would have been a bleak fortune around for Manchester City.
Cheltenham might have missed out on the chance of making such a great history. Still, they can take solace in just how much of a formidable opponent they were for Manchester City because pushing and pulling Pep Guardiola’s team isn’t always an easy feat, especially for a lower division team.
The Citizens will take on Swansea in the fifth round of the competition.
But it is the team they knocked out that will be most remembered for their gallant display. Well done, Cheltenham.
FA CUP RESULTS SATURDAY 23, JANUARY 2021
Southampton 1 – Arsenal
Barnsley 1 – 0 Norwich
Brighton 2 – 1 Blackpool
Millwall 0 – 3 Bristol City
Sheff Utd 2 – 1 Plymouth
Swansea 5 – 1 Nottm Forest
West Ham 4 – 0 Doncaster
Cheltenham 1 – 3 Man City